Casting a Tab

Once you're set up to Use Chromecast with Chrome, casting a tab is just a click away! To start casting a tab of your Chrome Browser:

  • Make sure you are on the tab you want to project to your TV.
  • Press the Cast button in the Chrome toolbar (top right hand area) of your browser.
  • A list of available Chromecast devices will appear on your TV. Pick any device to cast the current tab to this device.
  • After a very brief load time, the current tab should appear on your TV!

You will see the Cast icon change color to indicate that it is active, and you'll see a glow around the icon for the tab that is being shown.

If your Chromecast is currently in use - for example, it might already be playing a YouTube video - when you open the menu or select the device, you will see a short description of what Chromecast is doing, possibly with some controls (pause, mute, etc) for that activity. Click the 'Cast this Tab' button if you wish to terminate the current activity, and cast the current tab instead. This helps to ensure that you don't accidentally pick the wrong device and interrupt another household member!

The significant majority of web content can be cast. However, sites that use plug-ins such as as Silverlight, Quicktime & VLC are not supported, and may result in a lack of picture or sound.

During tab casting, video and images for the tab being cast will be shown on your computer and on your TV. However, sound from the selected tab will only play on your TV. Sounds for other tabs and applications will continue to play on your computer. You may switch to other tabs and/or applications while casting; you can even do this in full-screen mode using the Alt-Tab (Mac: Command-Tab) keyboard shortcut.

While casting, you can click the Cast icon again to take any of the following actions:

  • Click on the status area that shows what is being cast to return to the tab that you started casting from.
  • Mute what's playing on your TV using the mute button. This is distinct from your TV's mute function, so you need to unmute from Chrome.
  • Click on the "Stop" button to stop casting.
  • You may also stop casting by closing the tab.